Median Wages in Australia, August 2020


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Median Wages in Australia, August 2020.

The figure for Median wages differs from the often produced Average figure, and is commonly about 20% lower then the average.
The Median Figure is the figure where half of the people are above and half are below.

Full-time Median Wages in Australia, August 2020.

The median earnings for full-time employees was $1,433 per week in August 2020. The figure for Male employees was $1,500, with $1,342 for Females.

Part-time Median Wages in Australia, August 2020.

The median earnings for part-time employees was $671 per week. The figure for Male employees was $550, with $700 for Females.

Casual employees Median Wages in Australia, August 2020.

The median earnings for casual employees (without paid leave entitlements) was $624 per week. The figure for Male employees was $750 per week with $571 for Females.

Rankings of Median Full Time Wages by Australian State & Territory in August 2020.

The highest full time median wage was in the NT for Males, and the ACT for Females, while the lowest was in Tasmania for Males, and SA for Females.

Male Female State/Territory
 $ 1,750  $ 1,557 Australian Capital Territory
 $ 1,800  $ 1,442 Western Australia
 $ 1,541  $ 1,347 Northern Territory
 $ 1,500  $ 1,346 New South Wales
 $ 1,400  $ 1,277 Queensland
 $ 1,500  $ 1,343 Victoria
 $ 1,345  $ 1,210 South Australia
 $ 1,342  $ 1,245 Tasmania

Male Full-time Median Wages in Australia 2004 to 2020.

$ 850 – 2004
$ 900 – 2005
$ 950 – 2006
$1,000 – 2007
$1,025 – 2008
$1,096 – 2009
$1,134 – 2010
$1,193 – 2011
$1,200 – 2012
$1,250 – 2013
$1,306 – 2014 revised
$1,300 – 2015 revised
$1,333 – 2016 revised
$1,368 – 2017 revised
$1,431 – 2018
$1,476 – 2019
$1,500 – 2020


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Female Full-time Median Wages in Australia 2004 to 2020.

$ 729 – 2004
$ 760 – 2005
$ 800 – 2006
$ 846 – 2007
$ 900 – 2008
$ 917 – 2009
$ 962 – 2010
$1,000 – 2011
$1,040 – 2012
$1,035 – 2013
$1,100 – 2014
$1,127 – 2015 revised
$1,150 – 2016 revised
$1,190 – 2017 revised
$1,239 – 2018
$1,250 – 2019
$1,342 – 2020

Source: ABS: 6333.0 – Characteristics of Employment, Australia.

Example of Median Calculation.

If you have eleven numbers such as: 400, 450, 500, 525, 550, 575, 600, 700, 1000, 2000 and 3000, then you remove the top 5 and the bottom 5, leaving the number 575 being the middle number, and this is the median number.

Example of Average Calculation.

If you have eleven numbers, the same as above: 400, 450, 500, 525, 550, 575, 600, 700, 1000, 2000 and 3000, you add them all together (10,300) and divide by eleven = 936.36

The average is 936.36 but the median is 575.

Female Median Wage as percentage of Male Median Wage 2020.

The female median full time wage has ranged between 83% and 89.5% of the male median over these years. This might be explained by the higher numbers of lower paid employees being female, such as shop assistants, supermarket cashiers etc. These jobs are normally paid at the same rate for both male and female, but with more being females, it causes a lower median rate for the female median figure.

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